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Woman admits murder after body found in Dalarna

A 20-year-old woman has confessed killing a woman in her sixties in the Dalarna region in central Sweden.

Woman admits murder after body found in Dalarna
Police investigating at Långshyttan, Dalarna. Photo: Niklas Hagman/TT

Four out of eight people arrested by police were remanded in custody on Sunday in connection to the suspected murder of a woman found dead near a stream in Långshyttan in Hedemora municipality.

One of them, a 20-year-old woman, admitted killing the older victim according to court documents seen by regional newspaper Dalarnas Tidning (DT). Her lawyer declined to comment when approached by the daily.

A 22-year-old man told Mora District Court that he had helped plan the alleged murder. However, he said he had then had second thoughts and left the scene before “the crime was started or completed”, reported DT.

A third man, 44, who was also remanded in custody on suspicion of murder, denied the allegations.

A 24-year-old man is understood to have confessed to being linked in part to the woman's death.

“He has admitted that he was involved, but I don't want to go into detail on what he admits. There will be an extensive investigation with many interrogations, and it will become a bit more clear what his role was,” his lawyer Carl-Oscar Morgården told the paper.

A total of eight people form part of the investigation, suspected of various degrees of involvement, including harbouring a criminal, accessory to murder and murder. Police initially arrested seven, but an eighth person handed himself over to officers on Sunday.

The woman was reported missing on June 28th by relatives in Borlänge and, after an initial investigation, police became convinced the woman had been murdered. They would not expand on why, but do not believe the victim was killed where she was found.

“There were many people involved, and it has been a long time, we think, since the crime was committed, so we have many places to explore,” said a police spokesman on Sunday.

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Attacker ‘severely disturbed’ during stabbing at Swedish political festival

Theodor Engström, the 33-year-old man who stabbed psychiatrist Ing-Marie Wieselgren to death at the Almedalen political festival in July, was seriously psychiatrically disturbed at the time of his attack, forensic psychiatrists have ruled.

Attacker 'severely disturbed' during stabbing at Swedish political festival

According to the Hela Gotland newspaper the Swedish National Board of Forensic Medicine has ruled that the man was so disturbed at the time of his attack he had lost the ability to understand the consequences of his actions, and has as a result recommended that he be given psychiatric treatment rather than a prison term.

The agency said that Engström had still been disturbed at the time he was given psychiatric assessment, and warned that there was a risk that Engström would commit further criminal acts. 

“This is a question which has relevance at a future stage,” said prosecutor Henrik Olin. “It means he cannot be sentenced to jail, but will instead receive psychiatric care. But it is not going to change how the investigation is carried out.” 

READ ALSO: What do we know about the Almedalen knife attack?

Engström stabbed Wieselgren, who worked as psychiatric coordinator for the Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions, as she was on the way to take part on a discussion at the Almedalen political festival. She died in hospital later that day. 

Engström has admitted to carrying out the attack, telling police that he intended to make a protest against the state of psychiatric healthcare in Sweden. 

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